Detain vs Nab - What's the difference?

detain | nab |


As a verb detain

is keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.

As an initialism nab is

(banking).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

detain

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • Keep (someone) from proceeding by holding them back or making claims on their attention.
  • To put under custody.
  • To keep back or from; to withhold.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • Detain not the wages of the hireling.

    nab

    English

    Etymology 1

    Verb

    (nabb)
  • To seize, arrest or take into custody a criminal or fugitive
  • To grab or snatch something
  • Synonyms
    * (To arrest a criminal or fugitive) nick, bust
    Derived terms
    * nabber * kidnap

    Etymology 2

    Compare knap, knop, knob.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The summit of an eminence.
  • (Halliwell)
  • The cock of a gunlock.
  • (Knight)
  • (locksmithing) The keeper, or box into which the lock is shot.
  • (Knight)